Fish On! With Denver's Mississippi River Guide Service!

Mississippi River & St. Croix River Fishing Guide Denver McKinnon. Over 38 years of experience!

Denver has been fishing the Mississippi River system for over 38 years. With a lot of experience on the river, Denver feels that guiding is the best way to pass on the Mississippi River and St. Croix river knowledge he has gained over the years.

Whether interested in bring home fish for dinner or looking for a trophy, Denver will do his best to provide you with a happy and exciting day. You can choose the target species between Walleyes, Sauger, and Crappie. The techniques you learn with Denver will help you when you are out on your own on the Mississippi River and St. Croix River. Denver guides on the Pool 2 (St. Paul), Pool 3 (Hastings), and Pool 4 (Red Wing) of the Mississipi River. He also guides on the St. Croix from Hudson all the down to Hastings. Book a trip today with Denver's guide Service, and let your Mississippi or St. Croix River fishing adventure begin!

Check out Denver's recent Mississippi River fishing reports. He adds a report almost each time he is out, so check back often to see what the fish are up to! Also, take a look at his Mississippi River trip logs to see stories from his client trips and testimonials!

"Thanks again so much for a great day fishing. My dad and I had a great time. Good luck with the softball in Mankato and drive safe." - Matt (Red Wing trip 09/23/11)

What a difference in the bite from Monday to the end of the week.

Started out this week with the water levels rising, although not drastically but definitely made a difference in where and what to do to put walleyes and saugers into the boat.Last  week we were fishing with three ways and a split shot.   This week with the river rising and losing half our clarity we switched up and started catching our walleyes vertical jigging.  At this time of the year when the river rises it starts to draw the saugers and walleyes up out of the lake.  Enhance the bite really starts to pick up. Like I said in last report this is the time of the year to move around to other areas and you will find pods of fish willing to bite after making there trek up the river.  

Monday was the slowest bite of the week .  I had Don and his son Levi in the boat on this date.  The bite was not very good while the fish were in there transition to the rising water levels.  Levi did manage to put a nice walleye into the boat a 24 inch male we had gotten vertical jigging.  We had several other bites on this date and came up bait less many a times.  That's what makes fishing for walleyes such a challenge, can you be fast enough to boat them? Don and Levi I will see y'all in the future glad to hear you got some trout on your way home. 

Tuesday I traveled down to the river again and had Rick in the boat. We went out pitching jigs to no prevail thn went to vertical jigging in same areas I had on Monday and that's when I seen the bite started picking up. The fish were more aggressive than day before.  Rick it was a great time on the river today  with you and I look forward to more to come. 

Friday I had the pleasure of sharing my boat with Jose (lindy) and Rick from SureSeal Restoration. We vertical jigged in several areas today and caught walleyes and saugers in every one.  As the day rolled on we got away from the crowds and it paid off with better fish and did not have to play bumper boats. This is the time of the year that the fish take lots of pressure.  Jose had the hang of jigging from the get go and after a bit Rick picked it up and both gentlemen put several walleyes and saugers into the boat.    We even had a bald eagle swoop down three time 30 feet from the boat to pick up a floating fish that we got on video.  It was a blast with you guys and I look forward to another trip with you in the future. And also thanks for letting me take the ten minutes to do the radio show The Big Wild interview on the water.  It will air next weekend. 

Water depths we fished this week ranged from 5 to 26 feet.  I would say the best bite seemed to be in the 21 foot range in one area and 24 in another.  The flow went from 8000 cfps to 21800 cfps so that means to adapt   Just remember ladies and gentlemen this is the time to explore and find those pods of fish swimming up from the lake don't  get stuck fishing for the same fish as everyone else. You may get a Giant surprise.

Good luck out there guys and gals !!!!!! 


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